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Meet Arogya World Staff: Rajat Gupta

Arogya World Fellow Mallika Rao interviewed Rajat Gupta. Rajat Gupta knows a thing or two about business development. With several top positions under his belt, Gupta became an independent consultant in 2009, and now works with Arogya World to develop and execute fundraising strategies. He talked about his experience with Arogya and his personal connection to the organization’s mission. Tell me about your role in Arogya World and how you got involved.

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Creating Healthier Communities in India — and now Chicago

By Nalini Saligram, Founder and CEO of Arogya World Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) — heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic lung disease — are one of the 21st century’s greatest health and development challenges, and have become the leading cause of death in most regions of the world. I founded Arogya World 7 years ago to do something about this. Since then, together with like-minded people and like-minded organizations, we’ve implemented innovative programs in India that take prevention to people where they live, work and learn. These programs have been proven to be effective in helping children and adults change behavior and lead healthier lives — as well as share what they’ve learned with friends and family. I am passionate about this work, and encouraged by the progress we have made

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Reducing the Burden of NCDs and Caregiving on Women

By Gloria Barone Rosario, Arogya World Board Member It’s often said that a woman’s work is never done. Never has that phrase rung more true than when considering the role of women as caregivers, a topic that was explored March 16 at a side event at the United Nations’ 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The health, economic and social impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on women throughout their lives was the focus of “Women and NCDs: Debunking Myths and Taking Action,” organized by the Taskforce on Women & NCDs and the NCD Alliance in collaboration with UN Women, International Alliance of Women, and Conference of NGOs and supported by Cigna. Fifty women’s health advocates, policymakers, heads of delegations, leaders, and women from the global business community from around the world took part in the discussion, all united by a common purpose: to reduce the burden of NCDs – including caregiving – on women.

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At United Nations, Taskforce on Women; NCDs Calls for Social Mobilization Against NCDs,…

Arogya World is a member of the Taskforce on Women & NCDs. NEW YORK, March 16, 2017/PRNewswire-USNewswire/– The health, economic and social impact of NCDs on women throughout their lives are the focus of high-profile “Women and NCDs: Debunking Myths and Taking Action” side event today from 1pm-3pm ET at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Organized by the Taskforce on Women & NCDs and the NCD Alliance in collaboration with UN Women, International Alliance of Women, and Conference of NGOs, the event marks the UN’s 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women and highlights the unique burden of NCDs, including caregiving, on women.  The event is supported by Cigna. Women’s health advocates, policymakers, heads of delegations, female world leaders, and women from the global business community are expected to attend

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Arogya World Participates in OCCUCON 2017

The Indian Association of Occupational Health (OCCUCON), held its 67th Annual National Conference February 8-11 in New Delhi. Attended by over 500 participants, OCCUCON 2017 focused on occupational health and safety in India and was inaugurated by Dr. Sowmya Swaminathan, Secretary Department of Health Research and Director General ICMR. We are proud to have OCCUCON aa a partner of Arogya’s Healthy Workplace program.

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George Institute and Arogya world join hands to organize first-ever Salt Summit

Multi-stakeholder forum to work on a national salt reduction strategy initiated NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 9, 2017–Realizing that salt reduction in India requires a multi-stakeholder effort that can take into account the growing incidence of hypertension and cardiac diseases largely resulting from intake of sodium beyond the WHO recommended guidelines of 5 mg per day, the George Institute for Global Health in association with Arogya World organized the Salt Summit in the Capital here today. A first-of-its kind multi-stakeholder forum, the summit brought together key representatives from the government, food industry, academic and research organizations, civil society representatives and the media to deliberate on the growing body of evidence that links various non-communicable diseases to high salt intake and a strategy for salt reduction in India. Inaugurating the Salt Summit. the Health Secretary, C. K

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Reflections on Arogya’s Journey with CGI

By Nalini Saligram Last week I was privileged to attend the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York, a remarkable gathering of world leaders from a variety of fields, all in one room, all assembled there by one man: President Bill Clinton. He has used his considerable reach and extraordinary powers of persuasion to get people to forge partnerships, and together Commitments–more than 3,600 of them–to improve the world we live in. I am inspired to similarly use my own sphere of influence, however small it may be, to leave a legacy, to make change. This was my 5th CGI meeting. Out of Arogya World’s six years of existence, we made it to CGI five times

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Consultants Help Arogya Strategize for Scaling Up in India

We are working with consultants Nayantara Janardhan and Mannish Gupta and their team from Start Up! in India to refine our strategy for tackling disease prevention there. Here is a Q&A with the team from  Start Up!  What are the most urgent issues Indians face today and how will Arogya World address some of these in the future?  The rate of escalation of NCDs in India is alarming. With over 60 million diabetics, India has the world’s largest diabetic population. Also, around 12,000 Indian children die of diabetes-related causes every year

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Research Validates Effectiveness of Arogya’s Innovative mDiabetes Program

Exciting Results of mDiabetes Adds to mHealth Evidence Base Arogya World’s mDiabetes has shown exciting results: 40 percent more people improved their health behaviors as a result of receiving texts about diabetes prevention. The study was published this week in the Journal of Medical and Internet Research. mDiabetes sent twice-weekly text messages to a million people in India advising them to exercise, eat less fat, and eat more fruits and vegetables. New video by Arogya World discusses diabetes prevention in India The first to use the power of mobile to fight diabetes There are many firsts in our mDiabetes story. This effort is the first to use the power and reach of mobile phones to change diabetes risk behaviors in a large number of people from different parts of a vast country like India. The 40% impact obtained from a population level mHealth program like this, has implications for diabetes prevention in low and middle-income countries

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Why Should Women Care About Chronic Disease?

By Nalini Saligram and Heather White Co-Chairs of the Taskforce on Women & NCDs The thousands of women who gather in Copenhagen next week for the Women Deliver Conference will surely leave the meeting feeling positive and inspired after sharing stories of amazing women and accomplishments. As women, we can all be proud of the progress the world has made to advance the health and wellbeing of women around the globe. The central role of women in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) gives us great hope that our generation is indeed serious about leaving the world a better place for the next generation by lifting up women, so women can lift up the world. In this spirit, let us reflect on just one aspect of many in a woman’s life: her health.

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If you celebrate women, support global health

By Nalini Saligram, Founder and CEO of Arogya World Today is International Women’s Day—it’s also Arogya World’s 6th birthday. I started this small but mighty nonprofit organization to figure out how to do real-world science while making a true public health impact, to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs)—such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and chronic lung diseases—through health education and lifestyle change. Our mission is reflected in our name: “Arogya” in Sanskrit means to live a life without disease. What I’ve discovered on this journey is that so much of health is about women and girls. In 2013, Arogya World and its partners committed to design and launch a global survey to gather the perspectives of 10,000 women ages 18-40 on NCDs in 10 countries (Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States).

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Reflections on Joining the Ashoka Changemakers Community

By Nalini Saligram, Founder and CEO Earlier this month, I was inducted as an Ashoka Fellow in the salubrious surroundings of Delhi—definitely a highlight of the year for me so far. It was so exciting to be in the midst of 16 other Fellows, all of whom are compassionate, driven, and deeply committed to improving the lives of Indians—from education to healthcare to waste management. It was also wonderful to meet the bright and committed Ashoka staff and learn about the Ashoka journey. Ashoka elects Fellows for life, and invests in their growth as leaders, equipping them with skills and knowledge to make an impact and to scale their organizations. This week gave me first hand glimpse of how they do that.

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2015 World Diabetes Congress Highlights

By Nalini Saligram, CEO & Founder This year’s meeting in Vancouver (30 Nov – 4 Dec 2015) had many interesting highlights from a scientific perspective, even though it had less attendance overall than the 2013 Melbourne conference. Our mDiabetes poster on effectiveness in rural and urban India was chosen for poster discussion, and generated much interest. The electronic poster discussions were smooth and the conference organizers did a good job with that. The most interesting output of the entire conference was the International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes Prevention Score for cities. It is fascinating that criteria and even a score have been developed by IDF, and validated in two cities: Brussels and Amsterdam.

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A year of great progress in preventing chronic disease!

Now in our 5th year, Arogya World has helped more than 150,000 people lead healthier lives. We’ve included highlights included highlights of our 2015 Accomplishments below. It’s been a tremendous year! We are so grateful for all of the support received from key partners.

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